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Swann Hooks 80 lb Mammoth Catfish

Pictured above: Cory Swann caught this mammoth of a beast 80 lb. Blue catfish on the Missouri River near New Haven on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Cory Swann

New Haven, Mo. - For most people the recent flooding has caused much aggravation and wide spread damage, however for others it has created prime fishing conditions.

Cory Swan along with several friends caught enough catfish to feed an entire city on Saturday; maybe a slight over exaggeration however the photos do not lie.

Local Family Travels To Oklahoma Helping Tornado Victims

Pictured is part of a subdivision in McLoud, OK where 100 homes were leveled by the same Tornados that hit Moore, OK.

Photos courtesy of Jason Pilarski.

McLoud, Ok. - While most people celebrated Memorial Day weekend camping or simply enjoying three days off, thousands of volunteers spent their weekend in Oklahoma after an F5 tornado left behind massive amounts of destruction.

Jason and Tonya Pilarski from New Haven, along with two of their children, Joshua and Hannah, were among those who spent the holiday weekend volunteering their time in Oklahoma.

Hard Work Pays Off - Rachele Maczuk Featured In REALTOR® Magazine

Rachele Maczuk pictured next to REALTOR® Magazine's current edition, featuring Maczuk among this year's 30 under 30.

New Haven, Mo. - Broker/Salesperson Rachele Maczuk with Re/Max Today has been chosen as one of 30 realtors under 30 years-old from Canada and the U.S., featured in the recent edition of nationally published REALTOR® Magazine.

Thursday evening colleagues, family, and friends celebrated this huge milestone in Maczuk’s career.  While appreciative for the overwhelming support from her colleagues, Maczuk is quick to contribute her success to numerous individuals saying, “This award is really an example of the great people I work with as well as the values with which I was raised.”

Purschke Honored as Outstanding ECC Alumnus

Joe Purschke (right), a 1995 graduate of East Central College, received the Alumni of the Year Award at the college’s commencement ceremony May 18.  He is shown with Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president.  Photo courtesy of East Central College.

Union, Mo. - Joseph Purschke of Union was named recipient of the East Central College Outstanding Alumni Award for 2013.  The award is presented annually to honor an ECC graduate who has used his or her education and been of service to the community.

Cookie Hays, ECC’s vice president of student development, made the presentation at college commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 18, at the campus in Union.

Richard Pratt Dies At The Age Of 84 - A Pillar To New Haven

Photo by Kyle Quick, taken last year on May 3 of Richard Pratt in front of Save-A-Lot where he was handing out poppies.

New Haven, Mo. - Last night Richard Pratt died at the age of 84.  Mayor George Panhorst said, “He was a pillar to New Haven.  He helped set the framework for what New Haven is today.”

Mr. Pratt served the New Haven community in numerous capacities, remembered by most through Pratt’s Pharmacy and the 40 years he spent filling prescriptions.

Mr. Pratt was elected to Citizens Bank Board of Directors in 1973, replacing William Steiner. He was elected Vic-President of the board in 1979 and Vice-Chairman in 2002.  Richard was elected to Citizen Finical Group INC. 1988 and served as a director on both boards until his retirement in 2009.

Gayle Horn Retires From HADH Today

Pictured on fare right is Gayle Horn joined by friends, family, and fellow co-workers.
Photos courtesy of HADH.

Hermann, Mo. - Gayle Horn officially retired from Hermann Area District Hospital today after 23 years of service.

In honor of Gayle’s retirement she was given a Kindle Fire HD from Hermann Area District Hospital.  Along with the Kindle Horn, fellow employees provided lunch and cake in celebrating the beginning of a new chapter in her life.

Two-Year-Old Hooks A Monster

Pictured are Ryan Briggs, and his children Renee (age 2), Jackson (age 8) and Paul (age 5).
Photos courtesy of Evelyn Lucas

Campbellton, Mo. - Sunday finally brought spring like weather which meant one thing; time to get out the fishing polls.  When Evelyn Lucas’s grandchildren came over to fish at their lake she had no idea her 2-year-old, soon to be three, granddaughter Renee Briggs would end up catching a monster.

We have all heard the infamous “fishing” story and had there not been photos, this story might be hard to believe.

One in Four Teens Admits to Driving Under the Influence - Many Believe It Does Not Impact Their Safety

(PRNewswire) -- The coming months will be filled with celebration as millions of teenagers mark prom and graduation as the end of a school year or even their high school careers and launch into the more relaxed summer months. Unfortunately, some combine their freedom and carefree attitude with reckless actions making prom, graduation, and the Fourth of July among the most dangerous times of the year for teenage driving.

Now More Than Ever the Power of Teams Should Trump the Appeal of the Rugged Individualist

Bruce Piasecki Explains What a Well-run Team Looks Like and Why Now More Than Ever the Power of Teams Should Trump the Appeal of the Rugged Individualist.

- America loves a fierce individualist. And there is something inspiring about the image of the lone enterpriser blazing a path into the future.

Yet Bruce Piasecki insists that in a world growing more complex by the day—where "command and control" has given way to employee engagement—the team trumps the individual every time. The near future will be all about innovation for sustainable value creation, led by teams.

"The days when a larger-than-life personality is allowed to steamroll over the rest of the company are over," says Piasecki, author of the new book Doing More with Teams: The New Way to Winning."

Military Veteran and Cancer Survivor Will Cook for 'The King'

Courtesy of PRNewswire

LISLE, Ill - Growing up, Army Staff Sergeant Fabian Hall could always be found in the kitchen with his grandmother.  After learning family recipes and many culinary skills, he will now have the opportunity to put his talents on display this weekend.

Hall was surprised Thursday evening outside a Kroger grocery store in Ft. Worth, Texas, by the driver of the famed No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Aric Almirola.  Stepping out of his race car at the store, Almirola handed Hall an Eckrich grilling set and asked if he could help grill for the race team and owner, "The King" Richard Petty, during this weekend's race activities.